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Book Club Friday: Looking For Alaska...

Hey everyone

I am so happy to be linking up with Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up again this week! I've missed a couple of weeks because I've really not had time to read (I know, I know - I should make time!) due to the craziness of starting back to uni and getting back into the swing of actually studying after having the summer off :P 


 This week I'm sharing - Looking For Alaska by John Green


Synopsis (via Goodreads
Miles has a quirky interest in famous people's last words, especially François Rabelais's final statement, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.

The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like "forty-six days before" and "the last day" portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished "Great Perhaps.

My Thoughts

Now I've seen the famous "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane" floating around tumblr for ages and absolutely fell in love with it - the length of the phrase, the rhyme, the metaphor, the message - everything. And eventually I googled the quote and found it was from a book - 'Looking For Alaska'. So I made a mental note to pick it up when I next saw it - turns out about a week later I was in a cheap stationery shop in town and saw it  in a 3 for £5 deal so I had to get it! I think that was way back at the start of the summer and I tried a few times to pick it up and start it but I literally couldn't get past the first few pages (as in I didn't even hit 20 pages) and this is completely unheard of for me so I just put it back on my bookshelf and ignored it for a while. 

Until - this weekend I was looking for a book to read as a revision break and I remembered this one so I picked it back up and forced myself to keep at it. Honestly I don't know why I didn't do this before - past the first 50 pages it gets amazing! I read this book in two days - and only that long because I forced myself to put it down and get some sleep before my exam!

I love how this book is interpretable to your own personal thoughts and outlook on life. The characters are so engaging and identifiable with. The plot definitely kept me reading - I think this may be because it was a little slow and vague (but in a good way!) but I just had to find out what happened.

The only disappointing thing about this book was the ending - I found the explanation of the big shock of the plot primarily a little predictable but the ending itself I found quite unsatisfying - I thought it ended pretty quickly without all the loose ends being tied up. Having said that though - it obviously makes the book a great read seeing as I wanted to know more about the character and the plot!

All in all I can definitely see why this book is such a cult fave - it's just so quotable! And it really makes you think about life in general - well it did me anyway! 

I am definitely going to check out other John Green books :)


Seeing as I'm pretty late on the bandwagon on this one I'm not going to ask have you read it - instead, did you enjoy it? 

aHm xoxo

1 comment

  1. I've heard such such great things about John Green books, but have yet to read a single one. But he's an author I really want to get into. And if you're looking to read others by him, The Fault in Our Stars is supposed to be one of his best.

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